Ready to take the reins

KAPUNDA Football Club has appointed A-grade assistant coach David Leslie to take control of the Bombers’ A-grade side next season.

The 32-year-old will replace departing mentor Mick McCarthy in what will be his first-ever A-grade coaching gig, having previously led the
Bombers’ under 15s from 2012 to 2014.

Entering the role, Leslie said he has learned plenty from his predecessor.

“Mick’s really good at not over complicating things,” he said.

“I think not complicating, and instilling belief, is one of his better attributes.”

Leslie has been a Kapunda player since the early 2000s, notching more than 200 games, and said he is excited to take over the top job.

“It’s only something that I really started thinking about seriously about halfway through this year, when I was assistant.

“Mick said he wasn’t going to go mon, so he encouraged me to go after it.

“Luckily, I got the opportunity from the club to do it.

“I’ve been here allmy life, played a couple hundred games and my family’s played a lot of footy here, so the club means a lot to me.”

While the committee hasn’t set Leslie expectations for 2018, the new coach said he has his own desires for the new season.

“Coming off last year’s excitement of playing in a grand final with such a young side, it shows that we should be around the mark again,” he said.

“I’ll be expecting to play finals, I do realise that every other club will get better, and expecting to get to finals and actually playing them are two different things.

“The top four in our best and fairest  are all 21 and under, the better players are our younger players.

“If we can keep the players together and add a few more who we’re talking to, then I can see a big year ahead, but a lot of hard work will still need to be done.”

Leslie confirmed the club is yet to add to its list for next year, but identified a key area that requires improvement.

“We’ll probably look to add some talls, but they don’t just grow on trees,” he said.

“I’m looking for good people to join the club, most importantly.”

Kapunda will kick off its pre-season in mid-January.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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